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This is a test batch for a wedding mead I plan to give to some friends. I'm hoping to make something that is good for the honeymoon, 1 year, and 5 year anniversaries.

Wedding Dwojniak BOMM
1 gallon batch

Make a quart of strong tea with the spices below by adding off boil water and allow to stand until cool.
1 Vanilla bean
1 Clove
1 star anise
1 TBSP dry china Ginger
1 TBSP dry galangal
1/2 TBSP Marshmallow Root

Add 3.05 lbs of Orange Blossom honey to carboy (SG ~1.12)
Add 1 TBSP Fermaid O (~10 grams) and 1/2 tsp K2CO3.
-Add another TBSP of Fermaid O at 1.08 & 1.04.
Add spiced tea.
Add water to 1/2 cup shy of gallon.
Stir vigorously to aerate/mix honey.
Add a starter of Wyeast 1388.

Post ferment
Step feed honey until the yeast give up, then FG is adjusted to balance to spices. Also, add the following:
1 vanilla bean
0.25 ounce Citra hops (dry hop)
3 cubes Med American Oak
3 cubes Med Hungarian Oak



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Gravity 1.01 and holding.
Added one stalk of lemongrass and a vanilla bean.
 

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Since I'm going to be shamelessly stealing this recipe (hey, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?), I had two questions.

"Make a quart of strong tea with the spices below by adding off boil water and allow to stand until cool." I'm not sure I understand this. Is the end goal a quart of tea, or do you start with a quart and boil some off during the process? I assume that you strain out the spices. Do you have experience with powdered marshmallow root? It's all I've got on hand, though I could order chopped bits if need be.

How's the color looking? Post a picture, please!
 

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It looks very good; what're you shooting for by way of FG?
 
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It depends. I get the spices where I want them, then I adjust the sweetness to balance everything. It takes time and the ability to determine if it is the best it can be.
 
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Racked off the vanilla and lemongrass onto the following:
17 dried rose hips
4 cubes of medium toast American oak sterilized in 70% ethanol.
 
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Crystal clear and starting to really get good. A bit more oak should finish this out nicely!
 
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This is the best mead I've made so far. Easily. I'm drinking the cleared dregs and it is sublime.

I can only describe it as soft. No roughness anywhere. Just a perfect melding of all the flavor a into one cohesive whole. Nothing fights, everything adds.

Make this mead!
 

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I did! 12 lbs orange blossom honey, 5 lbs of acacia and counting. The hydrometer samples are... fantastic.
 
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